Politicians, family react to Bush’s death
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Friday at 94, and the tributes and condolences quickly poured in online. From his family, including the 43rd president of the United States, to those who had disagreed with his politics, a surge of posts honored the man who served his country in more than 40 years of public service.
“After 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement on behalf of his siblings. “George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
George P. Bush, a grandson who is the Texas land commissioner, lauded his grandfather for his dedication to his country and to his family.
“To me,” he said on Twitter, “he will always be Gampy. The man who taught me to fish in
Maine, to throw a horseshoe and to swing a baseball bat lefty.”
The White House released a statement on behalf of President Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump: “Melania and I join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush.”
“With sound judgment, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War,” the statement said.
Bush, a Republican, drew praise from both sides of the aisle, as Democrats and Republicans alike commended his commitment to service.
Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement, “George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey.”
Former President Jimmy Carter said Bush’s administration was “marked by grace, civility and social conscience.”
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, called Bush a “true partner.”